Poem: Shadow Man

Shadow man

Fighting in the dark

Shadow man

Trying to light a spark

Drifting on a winter wind

Wondering where the paths begin

A face follows everywhere you look

Leaping from the pages of each new book

 

Cannot see the enemy

Cannot mark his claim

Cannot fightback anyway

Will not bow to shame

 

Shadow man

Waking in the dark

Shadow man

Rising with the lark

Seeing a ghost of the past

Reaching out for joy that did not last

A face follows everywhere you look

Leaping from the pages of each new book

 

Cannot see the enemy

Cannot mark his claim

Cannot fightback anyway

Will not play his game

 

Shadow man

Drowning in the dark

Shadow man

Walking in the park

Kicking at leaves upon the ground

Knowing what’s lost cannot be found

A face it follows everywhere you look

Leaping from the pages of each new book

 

Cannot see the enemy

Cannot mark his claim

Cannot fightback anyway

Where reason has a name

Darkness and Light (a lot less dignity than you think)

Look in their eyes and then you’ll see

Love or murder in the first degree

Friends last forever but the lovers just lust

And the demon’s glare turns it all to rust

I went down to where the vultures still feed

I would’ve gone deeper, but there was no need

Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men

Taunting my back and corrupting again

So many roads and so much at stake

So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake

Sometimes I wonder which path to take

But I cannot return from the last mistake

See my blue-eyed boy run cross the mud and sand

We keep going down into that forgotten land

I heard the songs of darkness and the songs of light

In the emotional avenues of despair

She smiled and sparkled and I just laughed

Duplicity never been photographed

I went down to the bottom and back it seems

Into the valley of those electric dreams

Running fast and moving too slow

Now at the end, there’s no place to go

Just bite down hard on the next bitter pill

And follow sweet fairies to the top of the hill